This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
A generic name, little known in North America, for plants of the cabbage tribe; cole-oil is secured from species of Brassica.
(Sir G. Lowry Cole, Governor of Mauritius). Jiignoniacese. Glabrous evergreen trees or shrubs of Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles, members of which may occur in collections of warmhouse (or stove) plants. Leaves opposite or verticillate, pinnate, with many entire leaflets: flowers medium-sized, yellow, white or rose-color in lax or dense cymes or fascicles; corolla funnelform, somewhat bilabiate, with 5 rounded spreading lobes; perfect stamens 4, didynamous. - Probably 15 species, but little known in cultivation They thrive in a fibrous earth and prop, by means of mature shoots in sand over bottom-heat.
: Aletris farinosa.
(neck and lip, referring to a peculiarity of the flower). Orchidacese. Two terrestrial orchids, of Java and Borneo, rarely cultivated, requiring the treatment given Catasetum. leaf single, plicate: flowers or clusters racemose, on a tall scape; lateral petals attached to the foot or base of the incurved column; lip at its base encircling the column (whence the generic name); pollinia 2. C. nebulosum, Blume. stems fleshy, about 2 in. long: leaf broadly ovate, acuminate, the petiole rounded: scape about 2 ft., erect; flowers numerous in scattered clusters or whorls, spurred, about 1/2in. long, the Up 3-lobed, white and a little fringed, the sepals and petals greenish with reddish margins. Java. C. simplex, Reichb. leaf oblong, acute, wavy, green with darker blotches: flowers racemose at the apex of the scape; Up white; sepals and petals greenish yellow with purple and brown blotches. Borneo.
(Chilean name). Euphorbiaceae. Small trees of the Chilean region, scarcely in cultivation, although the fragrant wood of some species is used. Seeds of this and related genera which have springing movements, due to contained insect larvae, are sometimes known as "jumping beans." Juice milky: flowers monoecious, apetalous; calyx imbricate or none in staminate flowers; stamens 1-5; ovary 2-4-celled, cells 1-ovuled. The following may be expected in botanical collections, although probably not in the trade: C. odorifera, Molina. Leaves serrate, ovate to oblong. C. brasiliensis, Klotzsch. Leaves serrulate, linear-lanceolate. C. integer-rima, Gill. & Hook. Leaves linear, entire.
J. B. S. Norton.
(after Peter Collinson, English botanist, correspondent of Linnaeus and John Bartram). Labiatae. Horse-Balm. Horse-Weed. Stone-Root. Native perennial herbs.
Plants of small importance horticulturally, with large, odorous, ovate, serrate, mostly long-stalked leaves, thick roots, and simple or panicled, naked, terminal racemes of yellow or whitish flowers - Three species in E. N. Amer., one of which is sometimes offered by dealers in native plants, but is not especially ornamental. They are of simple cultivation.
Linn. Citronella. Height 2-4 ft.: leaves 4-9 in. long, broadly ovate to oblong: racemes panicled; calyx in flower 1 fine, in fruit 4 or 5 fines long; corolla light yellow, lemon-scented, 1/2in. long. Rich woods, Canada to Wis., Kans., and south to Fla. L. H. B.